Kelly Clarkson: ‘I’ve Never Contemplated Suicide Because of My Weight’

Kelly Clarkson poses during performance at iHeartRadio Theater on March 2, 2015 in New York City.
Kelly Clarkson poses during performance at iHeartRadio Theater on March 2, 2015 in New York City. Cindy Ord/Getty Images

Kelly Clarkson is clarifying reports that she contemplated suicide in the past due to body image issues.

“Just to clear something up. I wasn’t ever miserable because I had to be thin,” Clarkson, 35, tweeted in reference to recent interview with Attitude magazine. “I said I was miserable & as a result I became thin.”

“I’ve never contemplated suicide because of my weight,” the singer continued in a follow-up tweet. “I said people had no idea I was unhappy oddly enough because I appeared healthy.”

As previously reported, the singer opened up to Attitude about the pressure to stay thin early in her career. “When I was really skinny, I wanted to kill myself. I was miserable, like inside and out, for four years of my life,” she said. “But no one cared, because aesthetically you make sense. It was a very dark time for me. I thought the only way out was quitting. I like wrecked my knees and my feet because all I would do is put in headphones and run. I was at the gym all the time.”

The American Idol alum has been open about her weight in the past and has shut down body-shamers on several occasions. When Clarkson tweeted to thank people in service on the fourth of July, a user replied to her with the remark “you’re fat.” Clarkson quoted his tweet and added “….and still f—king awesome.”

Clarkson, who is mom of River Rose, 3, and 18-month-old Remy with husband Brandon Blackstockopened up to Ellen DeGeneres about not letting comments about her weight get to her in 2015. “I love that people think [the topic] is new. Like, welcome to the past 13 years,” Clarkson said. “I was the biggest girl on [American Idol] too. I wasn’t big, but people would call me big. I kind of always got that.”


Sign up now for the Us Weekly newsletter to get breaking celebrity news, hot pics and more delivered straight to your inbox!

Want stories like these delivered straight to your phone? Download the Us Weekly iPhone app now!